Hello...been thinking about all the aero mods I can do, and comparing them with buying a body kit for my car...and I think I am going to make my own parts. Sounds more fun...maybe not any cheaper, but I can hope!
That said, I don't want it to look *too* frankensteinish...so I am thinking it is time to learn to weld plastic (mostly just ABS). Does anyone have any suggestions, especially on a good (inexpensive) welder and any good online tutorials to help. I have found a couple ones that seem pretty good:
I had the one from Harbor Freight. It worked fine, but I wrecked it 2x by setting it down to hard while it was still hot. It uses a heating element, sort of like a hair dryer and it gets red-white hot. I think when it's that hot the element must be extremely sensitive to any bumps. I didn't think I was being harsh in handling it, but I broke the element twice.
I don't know how well it works, I broke it before I really got a good test. It does melt the plastic, sort of similar to using an Aceylene torch.
it probably works better than a soldering iron or a magnifying glass on a sunny day.
Soldering iron works great for cutting plastic, with the sharp point it'll cut the plastic like butter, and with a little care you can do fine, detailed work with it. Used one to modify a grill to install 88-89 Chevy truck sealed beam headlights into my 96 Tahoe. Light output was far better with the individually aimed sealed beams than with the half-assed composite headlights with their cloudy lenses and preaimed brights that allowed you to either set the lows or the highs to be effective, but not both.